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Posted September 17, 2011
My 10-year-old is learning disabled and struggles to enjoy reading. She likes a mystery, though. So, I have turned to the classic choices that the reviewer mentioned and more to no avail. (Box Car Children is sacchrine as is Nancy Drew at times. I known they've spun off Nancy into more modern series in recent years which is understandable as the series is rather dated -- though charming and important. I felt Harriet the Spy was poorly done.) She loved both #1 and #2 from this series, however. I think that breaking up the central mystery with the smaller mysteries (which gives the book an almost puzzle book feel) held her attention. (She had difficulty following Nancy Drew as the pace was too quick and there were so many characters.) Plus, the author asks direct questions of the reader at the end of sections to help them chunk the mystery and assist in solving it. Being able to interact with the story more was helpful to her. I also disagree with the reviewer's notion that the puzzles are too easy or too unusual. It is a good mix. My daughter could solve some but not all, which made it challenging and not frustrating. (She did know that she could use the sun as a natural compass, by the way. So while it seems obvious to us maybe not to children.) My 12 year old, who is in a gifted program, enjoyed them as well. (I read some of the mini-mystery chapters to my family while we were stuck in traffic.) I would recommend The Mysterious Four books for upper elementary grades and reluctant readers. My famiy enjoyed these and hope there will be more!
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